Training and Perseverance: Key to Successful Business

Cagayan de Oro City — Everyday is a chance to fulfill and achieve one’s dream.

This is true to the life of a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) beneficiary here as she tries to realize her dream business.

Georgy Sosobrado, 39 of Phase 3 Macanhan, Carmen this city, said she complements the meager income of her husband, Anecito, who is a multicab driver, through her tailoring shop.

Despite operating for only four months now, Georgy is not new to the business as she earned her skills in cutting, designing, and sewing from her mother who is also helping her at the shop.

Out of the nine siblings, only Georgy followed the footsteps of her mother who is always at the shop to help carry-out her dream business.

Georgy started to establish her tailoring shop specializing on curtains, pillow, eco-bag, bead works, gowns, among others October last year when she and fourteen members of Faithfulness Macanhan 4Ps SEA Kaunlaran Association availed of the P150,000 loan from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.


Georgy, who is blessed with six children, can still manage to do some household chores and care for her family after a hard day’s work.

She disclosed that she learned how to manage her time after she underwent trainings on management with the SLP when her group availed of the benefits of the program.

Aside from this, she also learned management of a business during Family Development Sessions of Pantawid Pamilya.

This leader of the SKA of SLP is also the Parent Leader of Cluster 3 of Carmen this city.

Georgy also pointed out the importance of learnings from her trainings under SLP and Department of Trade and Industry because her group has to earn in order to pay the P5,000 monthly rental of space of her shop located along the bustling Vamenta Boulevard, Barangay Carmen here.

DTI taught the group of Georgy and other SKAs of SLP in packaging their products, ensuring quality and durability so that they can earn patronage of their customers.

But she quickly added that it is the informal training she got from her mother, who taught her perseverance and determination in all circumstances at young age, inspired her to continue to look for other effective in rearing her children.


Since not all 25 members of her group know how to sew, design, and cut textiles for clothing, Georgy assigned 21 of them to canvass and promote the tailoring shops to prospective customers in schools and other agencies of the government.

This strategy, she said, can attract prospective customers to avail of their services.

She found it effective way of luring customers that resulted in growing income of their business.

However, Georgy lamented that only eight members of her group are religiously looking for orders from customers.

Lately this month, the city government of Cagayan de Oro brought samples of their eco-bags during the CDO Business Forum in Makati City.
The Field Office of DSWD, through SLP, has also linked them to the Department of Tourism for possible market of their bead works as it is good for pasalubongs (token).

For now, all she can do is to continue to manage and operate the business with unceasing determination to boost everyone’s income of her group.

SLP is a community-based capacity building program of DSWD that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of program participants. It is implemented through the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) approach, which equips the program participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by making use of available resources and accessible markets.

On the other hand, Pantawid Pamilya is the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program of government implemented by the DSWD so that families are able to get financial assistance, provided they comply with certain conditions imposed by Pantawid Pamilya, which include seeing to the health and education needs of their children. (Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer)



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DSWD Field Office 10 Sweeps Pantawid Pamilya Awards

Cagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 bagged several honors in this year’s year-end national Program Review and Evaluation Workshop of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) in Legazpi City, Albay.

The field office brought home several awards, including first place in Family Development Session Implementation in 2013.

The National Project Management Office of Pantawid Pamilya presented the awards to DSWD Field Office 10 Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey Mumar Dela Cruz, Pantawid Pamilya Regional Project Coordinator Kenneth Haze Sanchez, and Monitoring and Evaluation Officers Phillip Waye Mappala and Divorrah Meneses during the said event.

The various awards include: highest monitored over eligible for health facility visit compliance in 2013; highest Family Development Session compliance rate in 2013; highest education compliance rate in 2013; highest percentage of payments, compliance and appeals grievances resolved within 30 days; second highest percentage of attending children; second highest monitored over eligible for education compliance in 2013; third highest health facility visit compliance rate in 2013; and third highest deworming compliance rate in 2013.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman also presented a certificate of recognition to DSWD Field Office 10 for its steadfast support during the rapid validation of Pantawid Pamilya households in Region 8 after Typhoon Yolanda.

Meanwhile, the acting Regional Director of DSWD Field Office 8, Nestor Ramos, also gave a certificate of appreciation to DSWD Field Office 10 for its assistance in relief and rehabilitation of Region 8 during the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda.

In his Facebook account, Mappala posted that the awards would mean a greater challenge to all Pantawid Pamilya workers ‘to always beat our best.”

For her part, Sanchez congratulated Pantawid Pamilya workers of DSWD Field Office 10 saying, “more than the awards, it’s you that I am most proud of. I knew you can do it. And you proved me right.”

Lawyer Solamillo encouraged all workers to do their best in achieving excellence performance in the delivery of programs and services to the agency’s beneficiaries.

She said the practices and systems of the programs had been in place, but workers should develop new strategies and tactics to respond to the different tests in the field.

She added that workers should continue to walk the extra mile in rendering matapat, mahusay at magiliw na paglilingkod to our clientele-the vulnerable individuals, families, and communities.

The Pantawid Pamilya is a rights-based program of the national government that invests in human capital through their children’s education and health. (Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer)


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GASSD Chief Lauds Outstanding Workers

Cagayan de Oro City — A chief administrative officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 has commended its workers for being a national awardee.

Manuel M. Borres, Chief Administrative Officer of the General Administrative Support Services Division of DSWD Field Office 10 said he is thankful of the overwhelming cooperation and support of his fellow workers to the two employees of his division who made to the top post in the recent national awarding of DSWD in time for the 63rd Founding Anniversary of the agency.

“The secret of GASSD in achieving our goals to greater heights is our cooperation and excellent communication in which harmony always prevail in our division,” said Borres.

The Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) chosen Olipio G. Albao, a security guard of DSWD Field Office 10, as Best Support Staff (Sub-Professional Level) while DSWD Field Office 10 Records Officer Evelyn E. Cortes became a national finalist for Best Support Staff (Professional Level). Both are working under GASSD.

Albao will also enjoy an all expenses trip to Japan anytime this year, courtesy of DSWD. He will be accompanied by Undersecretary Mateo G. Montano, GASSG head of DSWD Central Office.

The awards were given to DSWD employees who showed exemplary performance in their respective fields.(Written by Manuel M. Borres, GASSD Chief)


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A Ray of Hope for a Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiary

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, February 10 (PIA) — For people who have less in fortune, getting a help from a particular organization, charity programs and others would be one of the hopeful ways for them to get out or at least ease the indigence they are experiencing.

In line with this, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or also known as Pantawid Pamilya is one of the many programs that the government provides to improve the lives of the people.

Implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Program aims to alleviate poverty simply through offering marginalized families cash allowance granting that they would follow all the conditions of the Program.

One beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilya is Vilma Montes-Beñas, 42, with two children aged 10 and 9. Vilma became a beneficiary of this Program since 2009. According to Vilma, she never thought that she will be chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Program and will be given the chance to give a better life to her children.

Despite the fact that she came from a less fortunate family, Vilma did not expect much from the Program as she has lived all her life working hard just to earn for a living. She flew to Manila during his early teenage years to get a job to support herself and her family.

While in Manila, she met her husband, Roland Beñas. After months of knowing each other, they decided to come home to Vilma’s hometown in Cagayan de Oro after they learned that she was pregnant. From then on, they lived together and got married in 2010.

Knowing that both of them do not have a good job to support their family, Vilma cheerfully shared that the Pantawid Pamilya really became a big help in terms of giving their kids the right to be sent to school and be given a healthy environment.

“Nagpasalamat gyud kaayo ko sa gobyerno ug sa DSWD aning programa kay kung wala gyud ni, tingali pit-os gyud kaayo among kinabuhi karon” (I am really grateful and so much thankful to the government and the DSWD as well. If not because of this program, we would surely be living a pitiful life),” Vilma said in an interview.

Moreover, Vilma enthusiastically shared that with the addition of DSWD’s Self-Employment Assistance Para sa Kaunlaran (SEA-K) livelihood program, their life has become even better.

In 2011, the couple was able to loan P5,000 from SEA-K which enabled them to build a small sari-sari store and further helped Vilma’s husband as he no longer have to strive really hard driving a pedicab until late night.

In addition, the P2,200 that the family gets every other two months from the Pantawid Pamilya also helped a lot in supporting the studies of Vilma’s kids saying, “Kada dawat gyud nako sa 4P’s insigida pud gyud ko mugahin ug pampalit ug vitamins sa mga bata kay kahibalo ko nga importante gyud ang ilang kahimsog. Ug usa pa pud, ginatudlu-an man mi sa DSWD nga kining 4P’s kinahanglan gamiton gyud sa saktong pamaagi ug igahin gyud para sa kaayuhan sa pamilya hilabina sa akong mga anak kay kini para sa ilaha.”

(Every time I receive my 4P’s cash grant, I would really immediately set aside certain amount for my kids’ vitamins because I know that health is very important. Furthermore, DSWD has always been so consistent in reminding us to spend the cash wisely and use it only for the welfare of the whole family, especially the kids)

It is indeed undeniable that Vilma and her whole family are grateful for the cash grants they receive. The Pantawid Pamilya has certainly given them a lot of reasons to celebrate life and be thankful to God and to the people behind the program as well. In fact, her two sons never fail to always enlighten their day simply by giving them pride as they continue to do better in school.

“Unta lang gyud magpadayon ni nga programa sa atong gobyerno kay kini dako gyud kayo ug natabang dili lang sa ako kundili sa mga parehas nako nga yanong tao lang. Gusto ko nga tanan pod untang mga pobre sama nako, maka benefit aning maong programa arun matabangan pod sila nga mauswag ilang pamuyo parehas nako”

(I just hope this program will still continue in the coming years because this has really given much help not just to me but also to the plain and simple citizens around. I want every poor family to benefit from this program so that they would also have that opportunity to improve their lives),” Vilma added.

She also mentioned that DSWD has also requirements which should be fulfilled such as regularly attending to the Family Development Sessions (FDS) every month. The goal of the FDS is to educate the family, especially the parents, in disciplining their kids in a proper way.With this, it is envisioned that sooner, lives of the Filipino families will improve not just physically and mentally but also spiritually.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4P’s is a human development program of the national government. This program aims to help poor households by giving them cash grants, particularly for children aged 0-18 years old. However, the cash grants, which the beneficiaries receive every other two months, will only be released if the beneficiaries will follow the conditions laid in the said program.

On the other hand, the Self-Employment Assistance Para sa Kaunlaran (SEA-K) is also a program of DSWD. This is a livelihood assistance program which allows needy families to loan in order to start their own business. The DSWD only approves the loan of those members who actively participates in the seminars, weekly meetings and business management trainings conducted by the DSWD.(Sherlyn E. Lugto/RTP/PIA10)


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Albao: A Living Example Of Public Service Of DSWD Field Office 10

Cagayan de Oro City — To say that Olipio G. Albao is humble, committed, trustworthy, and hardworking is an understatement.

No amount of words can best describe this lowly man who serves the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 here for 32 years now as a security guard.

His mission in work does not stop upon logging out in the logbook in the office. He always goes beyond his duty and responsibilities. He is the man that can be called and relied on 24/7 for assistance.

His dedication to his work with the agency has earned admiration and emulation from his colleagues, community, and family.

He is the concrete example of a worker that works efficiently with less supervision from his supervisors.

Loving Father and Responsible Husband

Albao laid a strong foundation of family life and has set an example in his community.

A soft spoken person and a man of few words, Olipio is a responsible father to his three children.

Despite his meager income from his salary, he was able to let all his children enroll in prestigious universities in Northern Mindanao.

The eldest John Mark who finished his education degree in Xavier University-Ateno de Cagayan is now a teacher in a public elementary school in Lapu-lapu City, Cebu while the middle child Rehannah who took up Certified Plan Mechanic in Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) in this city is an electro mechanical officer of Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines in the biggest plant of Coke in the country in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.

Both are married.

The youngest, Rachel Mae, is a graduating student of MUST, taking up Architecture. She is now having her on-the-job training with Architect Sugoc, the architect of Limketkai Commercial Complex of Cagayan de Oro.

He also divides household chores among their children, promoting unity, cleanliness, participation and strong family ties.

He never falters in displaying his love and affection to his children. He would always extend his patience an extra mile in dealing with them, a legacy that his married children are trying to emulate.

Ask about his how he manage to be close with his wife, Mr. Albao would answer that his secret weapon is patience. He always had good quality time with her wife Cecilia, a venue for communication and love, despite his hectic schedule as security officer and maintenance officer of the agency.

Olipio does not let things get him down. He always wears a smile wherever he goes-a distinctive characteristic of him that goes viral within the agency. His facilitative mood can, at least, lighten the clientele’s feeling, especially those who are availing of funding assistance at the Crisis Intervention Unit.

Innovations and Best Practices

Thousands of pesos have been saved by DSWD Field Office 10 after Olipio volunteered himself to do maintenance work in the field office. Instead of hiring an electrician from outside, the field office enjoys the generosity of Olipio after he supervises and maintains enough power supply to the growing demands of the field office, which has recently constructed the Tatsulo Building and Encoding Station and Data Center; where it is occupied by numerous workers who are using computers and other equipment. As it is, power outage due to overloading experienced for several months within the DSWD Field Office has been addressed.

The agency also saved a lot of money because Olipio closely monitors the lighting facilities of the field office and replacing defective ones immediately. His dedication to implement cost-cutting measures in his end has proven sufficient that it merits recognition from his direct supervisors.

At one time, clients from Home for Girls and Canteen Personnel felt a sigh of relief after a sewerage system has been constructed to solve the floodings during heavy downpour. The construction was supervised by him.

The multi-tasking ability of Olipio does not end there. He has repaired defective electric fans used by the different divisions and units of the agency. This year, he has repaired 10 defective electric fans. He has repaired also defective chairs and tables and file cabinets of the agency.

To prevent leakage and maintain health and sanitation of occupants of Home for Girls; Olipio has installed a gate valve of the water pipeline of the center. The gate valve controls the strong current of the supply of water that before resulted to the breakage and leakage of pipelines.

During the relief operations and rehabilitation efforts of DSWD Field Office 10 in the devastation of Typhoon Sendong, Olipio supervised the packing of relief supplies inside the field office. He continued his passion in extending extra miles of excellent public service by making himself available to the field office as supervisor to packers who are under the cash and food-for-work program during the augmentation of relief operation efforts of the agency during the Pablo response and Zamboanga stand-off because of his passion to help others. This is true during the devastation of Sendong when he selflessly offered his services despite being badly hit by the deadly storm.

To facilitate a systematic release of cash assistance to beneficiaries of the agency, the agency put up a sound system that allows Cashier personnel to announce the names of the next beneficiaries to be accommodated while clients are waiting at the waiting area. This addresses overcrowding at the Cashiers Office. Olipio installed the sound system.

Trustworthy multi-tasking worker  

If there is someone who can readily offer his/her services 24/7 in the DSWD Field Officer 10 without reservations, that is Olipio. He is the spark that has shined for 32 years in the field office. He is just an ordinary dweller of Zone 9, Phase 2, Macanhan, Carmen in this city, but with extraordinary achievements as worker.

Olipio claims a sense of responsibility in all undertakings of the field office, especially in attending to the needs of the clientele. He is not just a simple security guard of the agency that ensures order and peaceful environment for all, but a worker who adds other functions in order to facilitate easy accessibility of public service. As it is, he works at the field office with less supervision from his immediate superiors.

The service of the nominee is not rooted on his meager salary, but on the humility of serving other people.

He has encountered clients who scolded him for no apparent reason. He will just humbly lay down guidelines and systems and process flow of the agency in availing services and programs. He claims he will not get angry at the mad customers, instead, he will extend his patience of explaining on the laws and guidelines of the agency and facilitate them in availing services and programs.

He also happily endorses clients to the right unit or division if the need is beyond his control. With that, agency’s clientele go home happily and satisfied by Olipio’s facilitative attitude. This is true to Sendong survivors who attempted to hold rally against DSWD. After peaceful dialogue and resolution to issues and concerns, rallyists thankfully recognized Olipio’s efforts as the security guard with a facilitative attitude.

God-Centered Man

Olipio puts God at the center of his family and community life. Influenced by his loving parents, he was introduced to regularly attend and hear Holy Mass on Sundays early of his life until he got married to Cecilia. His family attends church together.

Like Jesus Christ, he learned the lesson of being humble at all times. He said it is in lowliness that he has acknowledged the manifold blessings the family receive from the Almighty.

These wondrous performances of the nominee have earned him respect, emulation, and love in his community, organization and family.

More than two years now, Olipio will retire. He is sure that he will have a legacy in leaving out the portal of the field office. He wants to be remembered as a humble person admired by people because of his excellent performance in public service.

Recently, DSWD Central Office through Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman recognized Albao as Best Support Staff – Sub Professional Category throughout the country during its 63rd Founding Anniversary. (Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer)


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DSWD Field Office 10 gives relief goods to Agaton victims

Cagayan de Oro City — Thousands of family foods packs and hundreds of hygiene kits and blankets have been distributed to families affected by floodings and heavy downpour brought about by the Tropical Storm Agaton, now a low pressure area, in Northern Mindanao.

The 372 families in Linamon, Lanao del Norte who fleed from their houses to evacuation centers due to floodings since late last week, received family food packs, hygiene kits and blankets.

Linamon and Kapatagan are among the towns in Lanao del Norte hardly hit by the tropical depression.

Meanwhile, a total of 3,533 family food packs were provided to affected families here.

DSWD Field Office 10 is continuously coordinating with other local government units for possible relief operations in Northern Mindanao.

Lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo, DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director, has ordered all Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Team leaders in all five provinces of the region to assist LGU and to assess the impacts of disaster to hardly hit towns.

The Quick Response Team of DSWD Field Office 10 also has rendered 24-hour duty yesterday following the Code Red declaration by the local disaster risk reduction and management council of this city due to intermittent rains. Today, LDRRMC downgraded the alert status to orange. (Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer)


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DSWD Field Office 10 centers obtain level 2 accreditation

Cagayan de Oro City — Two residential centers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 here can now provide high standards of programs and services to its beneficiaries.

The Home for Girls and Reception and Studies Center for Children based at DSWD Field Office 10 are the first DSWD-run centers in the country to pass the Level 2 accreditation set by the Standards Bureau of DSWD Central Office.

The accreditation is part of the standardization order of DSWD in order to protect and promote the best interest and welfare of beneficiaries of residential care facilities of the agency; to promote efficiency, effectiveness and accountability in the managing the centers; and to ensure empowerment of centers in delivering programs and services to its clientele.

Administrative Order Number 15 series of 2012 and AO Number 16 series of 2012 issued and signed by DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman provide the ladderized standards of accreditation and rules and regulations on the registration and licensing of social welfare and development agencies and accreditation of social welfare and development programs and services, respectively.

Director Thelsa Biolena of the Standards Bureau handed P10,000 each to the centers through Virginia Cardona, the center head of DSWD Field Office 10.

The Home for Girls is the primary residential treatment facility for female children aged seven to 18 years old who are taken from their family due to various abuses and taken custody by the estate while RSCC is a residential facility for neglected, dependent and abandoned children zero to six years old, including victims of abuse and exploitation, and those with special needs. (Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer)

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DSWD Field Office 10 tops in FDS conduct

Cagayan de Oro City — Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 here continue to comply with the conditionalities of the program.

This is manifested on the latest national turn-out of the Family Development Session (FDS) in the Compliance Verification System of Pantawid Pamilya where Northern Mindanao occupied the number one post, leading 16 other regions.

The turn-out revealed that 98.84 percent of the total household beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya religiously attended the conduct of FDS. As of today, Northern Mindanao has 246, 677 active beneficiaries.

Lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD Field Office 10, reiterated that FDS is one of the conditions that the beneficiaries should fulfill in order to continuously receive cash grants.

Solamillo reminded beneficiaries that the session’s attendance reflects the performance of the parents as the program’s main receivers of the program’s financial support.

FDS focal person Jerome Humawan disclosed that the highest attendance to FDS of parents in Northern Mindanao is the result of close coordination among DSWD, civil society organizations, local government units and other national government agencies.

The turn-out covers September to October last year.

However, Humawan said the parent beneficiaries sustained the highest attendance until the last week of December last year to this early week of this month.

The FDS serves as a venue where topics on effective parenting, husband and wife relationships, child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, gender and development and home management are being discussed.

Through the FDS, parents are also informed of their rights as individuals as well as their obligations that they need to fulfil not only as husband and wife but also as parents. Attendance in the FDS is part of the conditionalities of the program to receive cash grants.

This month, FDS module focuses on responsible parenthood and livelihood while measles prevention this February.

Pantawid Pamilya is the conditional cash transfer (CCT) of the national government. CCT programs were first demonstrated successful in Latin American countries two decades ago.  As one of the pioneering CCT programs in Asia, the Pantawid Pamilya is a human capital investment program of the national government which ensures the health and education of poor children ages 0-14. This year, age coverage will be extended, from 0-14 to 0-18.

By providing opportunity for the development of the young, it envisions to prevent the vicious transmission of the cycle of poverty. (Written by  Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer)

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